Shepherds’ Conference 2017 Session 5 Notes

Shepherds’ Conference 2017

Session 5

Mark Jones


Isaiah 50

Third servant song


Isaiah speaks of his unclean lips.

But he speaks so eloquently, so majestically, about the coming Son of God.

He has a number of things to tell us about the servant.



He is taught.

His teaching is astonishing.

He caused people to marvel.

Where did this man get his teaching, the Jews often asked.

How is it that this man has learning?

The answer is here in the text.

My Father has given me the tongue of those who are taught.

He got his teaching from his Father in heaven.

Christ knew the Scriptures very well.

He may well have had the entire Old Testament memorized.

What is the question most asked by Jesus in his ministry?

Have you not read?

He said that to religious leaders.

He learned for 30 years to be able to teach for 3 years.

We reverse that.


V4, sustaining with a word those who are weary.

The prophet to come will have God’s words in his mouth as Moses promised in Deuteronomy.

He shall speak to them all that I command him.

Jesus tamed the tongue. Nobody else could do that.

He never misspoke.

He knew what to say and what not to say.


Look at Jesus’ words on the cross.

They are a masterpiece of pastoral theology.

Psalm 31:5, into your hands I commit my Spirit.

God’s words flow forth.

He was taught by his Father in order to speak.


V5-6, the servant is obedient.

Everything Christ did for us and for our salvation was done willingly.

He laid down his life on his own. He gave them his beard to pull.

He gave them his face to strike.

If it was not willing, it was not obedience.

Exo 21 the slave had his ear opened, pierced.

Where did obedience lead Jesus?

It led him to 40 days in the wilderness.

It led him to rejection by his own family.

The only person ever to be in his right mind was declared to be out of his mind.

It led him to ridicule.

They accused the Son of God, filled with the Spirit of God, to have a demon.

It led him to discouragement.

In John 6, he asked, “Are you going to leave as well??”

It led him to temptation.

The devil was there in the wilderness after the Spirit of God drove Jesus to the wilderness.

The devil tries to tempt Jesus to throw himself off a cliff.

Then Jesus preaches in a town, talks about gentiles, and the people try to throw him off a cliff.

It led him to homelessness.

It led him to the sting of betrayal by a disciple he loved.

It led him to Gethsemane.

Jesus’ petitions in the garden prove to us that he had a proper grasp of the holiness of God.

The only appropriate thing for him to do in the garden was for him to ask the Father to remove that cup.

He could not want to face the rejection of the Father.

How could he not ask, “Remove this cup from me?”

The petitions prove that Jesus possessed a true human nature with proper human sensibilities.

But all his requests are wrapped in the phrase, “Your will be done.”


** EFS comments in an aside

Christ has a true human will.

He has two wills.

His human will is brought to the brink of despair.

He agonizes and pleads.

All that is proper to true humanity.

His obedience, imputed to us, is real human obedience.

It is not a phantom, divine will out there taking care of everything.

We cannot and must not attribute to the divine will what is proper to human nature: despair, struggle, etc.**



The Lord God helps me.

Jesus does not declare that he will obey on his own, by his own power.

There is no Pelagianism.

He depends on the Father.


Jesus knew that he would be exalted.

He prayed it in John 17.

He trusts his Father.

Heaven is the eternal vindication of the Savior.

No person there will be able to accuse him of anything or stand up against him.



Why can’t Johnny preach?

Because Johnny sleeps in.

He needs to wake up to be instructed by his Father morning by morning.

Theological books are easy to read.

Woe to that man who knows his theological books but is ignorant of the word of God.

Jesus always knew how to respond with “It is written…”


God does not give you more than you can handle; he gives you a lot more than you can handle.

Consider what he did to the Son.

If he does not give us more than we can handle, we will think we do not need God.

Doing his will leads to heartache, blood, and tears.

But doing God’s will also leads to God and to glory.


Hebrews 5:9.

Once made perfect.

How can we say he was made perfect?

The context is Christ as a high priest.

When was he made perfect?

Upon his death on the cross and resurrection.


As our merciful high priest, if he had been taken by the Father before the cross, he could not have been a merciful high priest.


Because how could he minister to a person who feels abandoned by God?

How could he minister to a person who feels as though Psalm 88 is their reality?

How could he minister to someone who feels that God has forsaken them?

The glory of our faith is that we do not look at a God who does not understand.

He does understand.

In fact, he understands much better than we ever will.



I have not been rebellious.

The Lord God helped me.

He who vindicates me is near.

Jesus’ resurrection is his vindication.

He was never rebellious.